Conservation League Coastal Stewardship Awards

The Coastal Conservation League honored outstanding legislative leaders at the first annual Coastal Stewardship Awards ceremony at the Columbia Museum of Art on October 19, 2016.

Conservation League staff and community leaders presented awards to legislators who led on the landmark shoreline management bill, S.139, that became law this spring.

The shoreline management bill permanently set a baseline from moving seaward along our state’s beachfront, restricting certain construction in hazard-prone areas.

Representative Bill Herbkersman (R-Beaufort) received the Conservation League’s Coastal Steward of the Year Award. Representative Herbkersman served on the Blue Ribbon Commission that included scientists, developers, attorneys, and lawmakers who worked for nearly a decade to develop common-sense policies regarding development near beaches.

Other Coastal Stewardship Award honorees included Senator Chip Campsen (R-Charleston), Senator John Courson (R-Richland), Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston), Representative Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), Representative James E. Smith Jr. (D-Richland), and Representative Kirkman Finlay (R-Richland).

The Conservation League also honored citizen advocates Wendy Kulick and Michael Kapp, who were instrumental in pressing for passage of S.139.

Representative Herbkersman said, “The environment is a way of life for us on the coast.” Further, “I perish the thought of a day that comes when we can’t take our kids swimming at Hilton Head, or Kiawah, or Myrtle Beach.”

Dana Beach, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation League, said, “In an era of unprecedented distrust in government at all levels, we are fortunate in South Carolina to have this outstanding group of conservation leaders in Columbia at the State House.”

The Coastal Conservation League presented the awards at the Columbia Museum of Art to celebrate photographer J Henry Fair’s exhibit “Eyes on the Edge,” which captures the beauty of our coast.

We look forward to working together with these elected officials and many others this legislative session as we further coastal conservation at the State House.

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